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A team of students at St. Helens Middle School (SHMS) has been selected as state finalists for a Samsung Solve For Tomorrow project proposal submitted by the students in Ashely Baylor’s STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) class. The team is one of four Oregon State fin… Read more

The police blotter relates to the public record of incidents as reported by law enforcement agencies. All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Information printed is preliminary and subject to change. Read more

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In an effort to implement new public health programs, Columbia County Public Health has hired a health promotion specialist, Suzanne Beaupre, who started the new role Nov. 12. Beaupre will join a staff of eight other individuals who all operate under the public health department of Columbia County. Read more

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The City of St. Helens is in the middle of a Brownfields assessment, and city residents were recently invited to attend a meeting to witness the progress of the assessment so far. Read more

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The Port of Columbia County is taking steps toward wetland mitigation, in the hopes that their 837-acre rezone in the works from agricultural to industrial comes to pass. Read more

The Port of Columbia County’s long-sought 837-acre rezone from agricultural to industrial land at Port Westward in Clatskanie is now more likely to happen, after the Oregon Supreme Court denied a petition for review from Columbia Riverkeeper and 1000 Friends of Oregon on Nov. 14. Read more

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Our local firefighters dealt with two incidents over the weekend on top of engaging in additional training at Grumpy’s Towing with firefighting students from five other states. Read more

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The City of St. Helens has been rejected for the 2019 BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Transportation Discretionary Grants program, receiving notification from the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday, Nov. 14 according to a press release from the city. Read more

The Columbia Arts Guild shows the work of local artists in the Gallery at the Courthouse straight across from the Assessor’s Office located on the ground floor in the courthouse annex. The artwork changes every month so stop by any time the courthouse is open M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 230 Stra… Read more

A Rail Safety and Mobility Study is coming to Columbia County, which will support future grant applications as well as serve as a guide for future work on the rail system, according to port documents. Read more

Mark’s Custom Exteriors, located at 58581 S. Columbia River Highway in St. Helens, will be leasing their facility to Columbia Community Mental Health beginning January 1, 2020. MCE will be moving to their new location in Scappoose, at 33374 Scappoose-Vernonia Highway, as of December of 2019. Read more

The City of Rainier and property owners along Fox Creek are still looking for solutions regarding ongoing flooding issues resulting from problems with the Fox Creek culvert system. The creek runs adjacent to Highway 30 and has often flooded homes and businesses in the area due to an undersiz… Read more

The St. Helens School District (SHSD) is suing PBS Engineering and Environmental, Inc. (PBS) for failure to remove all asbestos at the former St. Helens Middle School site during its two contracted periods in 2009 and 2018 to perform asbestos abatement, according to a lawsuit filed on Oct. 2… Read more

The City of St. Helens is continuing to determine the most viable site for the relocation and re-build of a new police station, after the completion of a feasibility study by Mackenzie, Inc. the consultant the city contracted with in March. Mackenzie originally examined four sites for the ne… Read more

Only 29 percent of Columbia County’s registered voters turned out for the Nov. 5 special election ballot measures this week, with a total of 11,384 ballots cast out of 38,481 registered voters. Read more

The new Veterans Memorial Plaza at McCormick Park is now open, after an official dedication ceremony on Nov. 1 at 12 p.m. Read more

Last week, a new chapter unfolded in the nearly two-year saga documenting the actions of former St. Helens High School (SHHS) teacher and track coach Kyle Jarred Wroblewski, who was sentenced to four years in prison in August for sexually abusing a student. On Oct. 29, a lawsuit was filed by… Read more

On Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church on Old Portland Road in Scappoose, the event room was packed full of family, friends, firefighters, paramedics and members of the community. A room full of love and admiration for a man who has dedicated nearly four dec… Read more